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Namaste Brewing / Whip In
Active Beers: 6
Beer Ratings: 25
Beer Avg: 3.84
Taps: 72 / Bottles: 750
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Store ]
1950 S. Interstate 35
phone: (512) 442-5337
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 44 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
I would consider the Whip-In as my parent's neighborhood bar. I like stopping by whenever I visit. The nice thing about the Whip-In is that it is a combination, bottle shop, restaurant, and bar. I have not yet had the food yet, which is Indian food; however I have heard that it is very good. Their draft beer is slightly pricy, especially their cellar section. I'm not complaining about it, if they take the time to cellar a keg properly, then the consumer should pay for that time and effort. The nice part of the Whip-In is the fact that you can open any bottle and enjoy it on the premiss for only an extra dollar. Their bottle selection is very good and will rival any establishment in the city. They also will fill any beer in a growler, other then the cellar selection I believe. The servers are helpful. the atmosphere is a little cramped because most of the place is a bottle shop, but there is outdoor seating and occasionally there is a band playing. Its a great place and I would highly recommend a stop if you're visiting.
07-22-2011 15:40:01 |
More by jamescain
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$$
What can you say about this place that hasn't already been said?
If you live in or near Austin, enjoy craft beer, and like eclectic places, this is your spot.
I first started going here back in 99 (Heck, this is where I bought the infamous '97 Sam Adams triple bock).I lived in an apartment about a block away and would walk over, always looking for the "beer of the month" special. This was before the Whip In became the ultra cool "Indian food, live-music, awesome beer" mecca that it is now. One thing this place has always had going for it is friendly, knowlegable staff. That in itself is a great reason to go.
Now that it's expanded from a beer store to a bar/eatery, it has become an even cooler place to visit.
The prices may be just a touch over what you can expect at other places around town, but for a true Austin experience, it's not to be missed.
06-20-2011 19:38:24 |
More by obrike
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
Did we just walk into a bar? Or a liquor store? Or an Indian restaurant? Or a neighborhood bodega?
We just walked into all of these things at once!
Yes, it's a bottle shop/liquor store. Fairly decent selection here. You can definitely find a few rarities around. Unfortunately, you're NOT going to just stumble on them. They know that they are there and have them priced accordingly. Not that there is anything wrong with that, because I even picked up a couple things, it's just always a thrill to find that one vintage bottle at the back of the shelf, for the same price as the 'fresh' ones. It makes comparing/contrasting just a little more fun, I think, but I'm certainly willing to pay for the priveledge as well.
They also have around 60 taps, I'd guess. It's kind of hard to tell, because it looks like they just add another three or four tap lines whenever they find the money and space to add them. It's not just a tap wall, they are kind of spread around in little clustered groups.
Let it be stated, right here and now, that the taps that they have are pretty damn awesome. Lots of Texas love. A good deal of a belgian showing. Plus, various craft brews thrown in for good measure.
They even pull out some vintage kegs from time to time. While I was there, among other things, I had Live Oak Tree Hugger Vintage 2006(!!!). Damn, it was awesome!
They also have a couple of rows of items that you'd probably find at your neighborhood convenience store/bodega. Soaps, detergents, soda pops, ice creams, paper plates, trashbags, spices, incense, bread, etc.
On top of all of this, they are also an outstanding Indian Restaurant. From what we could gather, they are using as much local food stuffs as possible, which is awesome. Meats, eggs, cheeses, yogurts, produce and more are all locally sourced.
There were a couple of employees who seemed to have that 'why are you bugging me?' kind of attitude. Normally, this would be close to a 'dealbreaker' for me. I'm happy to say that the other multiple employees and Dipak himself, who runs the place, were all very nice and more than made up for it. Maybe they were just having a bad day or something.
Be prepared to spend a couple of bucks, but I strongly recommend this stop to beer geeks and food lovers alike. Plan on hanging out for a couple of hours while enjoying a few pints and delicious Indian food and generally having a good time.
06-01-2011 15:23:07 |
More by coldmeat23
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Drove to Austin from San Antonio last sunday to pick up a growler of Live Oak HefeWeizen. I stopped at Whip-in because of the great reviews and it's location. My wife and I walked in around noon and we were suprised that we were the only customers in the place. It has a pretty cool layout with a long bar, nice dining area (though we did not eat) and lots of coolers filled with a very good craft beer selection. The problem that I had was the bartender/cashier did not at all make us feel welcome. My wife felt we were being watched as if we were shoplifters and I just got the feeling that the worker just wanted us to leave. Too bad, with better service, this place could be incredible. Don't see myself making a 2nd trip there, I would rather spend my money at a place that values customers more that Whip-in.
05-05-2011 20:11:12 |
More by jl28r1
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I sometimes drive up from San Antonio for the sole purpose of going to the Whip In. This place is a really awesome venue/bar/bottle shop! Always guaranteed to have something on tap and in the cooler that no other shops/bars have. Sometimes it can get a little cramped and wish the music stage and seating area were a bit larger. Service could be a little quicker and even a little more friendly sometimes, but there is a lot going on at this place. Food is pretty tasty, but a little pricey for the portion size. Also, them having a nice selection can come at a bit of a price as the harder finds tend to be a dollar or more two than other places. But, what's a buck or two when your going to a cool place that is always gonna have something you want to bring home with you! The final super cool thing, is that they have a few taps with some aged beers as well, like I said, there is always something to try!
03-20-2011 22:15:05 |
More by StoneBrewFanatic
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Lots going on here. The space is a bit small and a little dark, but that's my kind of joint. If you're looking for something else there's a BJ's in Sunset Valley.
There are a few booths immediately to the right when you step in, and to your left is a bar that seats ten or fifteen. A few locals were having a few and shooting the shit. Behind the bar is a cooking area, apparently for the Indian food, and a nice selection of taps, for the good stuff.
As you explore further you will find some imported foodstuffs. Further exploration reveals the brews, with the majority of it in coolers. While the selection is good, it is not on par with Specs. That's not a big problem in my opinion, as this place has a cool vibe, and I seriously dig the variety and uniqueness.
P.s. If you're traveling from the north side of Austin at any time near rush hour, I would recommend skipping I-35 and taking Congress down and cutting through a back street over the Whip In.
02-21-2011 01:06:29 |
More by stephens101
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I went to whip in today solely because I had never been and I keep hearing about it!
The atmosphere was nice, the light was a little dim for my liking but after I saw some aged beer on one of the shelves I assumed it was for their sake.
The quality was great I could find alot of things there that most of the stores in my area won't carry and though specs has a greater selection for the most part whip in has more of the limited releases, oh an they also have taps, 60 taps and do growler fills which puts them above specs in my book.
The service was pretty good except the guy I who was helping me kept saying everything was "money" he was a cool guy but the repeated use of that term kept making me want to tell him to shut up.
I didn't eat any food but the value was great, I picked up done awesome vintage brews at a good price and I'm more than happy about it! I'll definitely be coming back
02-16-2011 05:45:08 |
More by Fenris244
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Summary: The prototypical South Austin establishment. Eclectic beerbar/convenience store with good to great selection and passable food.
I've been fortunate enough to be a South Austin resident for the past 15 years and have witnessed the transformation of Whip In. Early on, it was a not so typical convenience store with a good selection of beers in their coolers and a decent cigar selection to boot. These days, the cigars are gone but the beer selection has improved and the addition of 50+ taps has added a new dimension to the place.
For those from out of town, the vibe at Whip In is a third coast version of O'Brien's or Bukowski's. I recently stopped in to pick up a mixed six. When I walked in (about 4 pm) there were a (maybe not so) surprising number of after work patrons at the bar. Given what is available, it's not surprising.
The tap selection is phenomenal for the Central US, hell, anywhere outside of the great beer Meccas. Growlers are available for anything they have on tap. The bottle selection is good. The single selection looked depleted when I was there, but enough to choose to make me happy.
What makes Whip In truly South Austin is its eclecticism. It is an amalgam of beer and wine store, beer bar and, music venue, with enough convenience store thrown in to make it quirky and inviting. Where else in Austin can you listen to Suzanna Choffel while eating your Mary Louise butter brownies drinking Jester King Black Metal. About the only thing disappointing was the menu: good, but not great.
Would I go back? It's sad that we often overlook what is easily available to us in favor of that outside of our immediate grasp. I have had the fortune to travel all over the US and only now recognize that I should be spending more time drinking at places closer to home.
02-02-2011 01:18:47 |
More by LittleDon
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
An excellent beer store/beer bar. As I walk in, it looks like a typical liquor store, with rows of wine, beer, and cooler space wrapping around the proximity. Though there is a bar and wood stools taking up the front left part of the store.
The selection is large. From what I saw, the bottle selection is typical of the better beer stores. Think Specs. Which is good, but the real treat is the large selection of taps. Many you can get as a growler. Lots of Texas micros like 512, Jester King, Live Oak. They expanded their tap selection recently and there are lots of good Imports and other US micros. There is a separate tap section for beers like 05 Sisyphus and some Divine Reserves. All the beers are fresh, or for the aged options, they are impeccably cared for.
The service is really good as well. The cashier/bartender is very knowledgeable on all the beers, and helpful with special releases. Overall an excellent store, and a great place to try what is new if you have time to sit at the bar for a minute.
01-29-2011 22:59:16 |
More by champ103
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$$
I have been to this place a few times. The first time was when they were still just a corner store that had a descent beer selection. The atmosphere was that of a bad cab with incense going and a bunch of gawdy things seeming to fill in every crook in the store. THings have changed quite a lot since then. THey have started serving food and beer on draught.
Good things about this place: They usually have the most current releases in Texas, they have special taps that have been cellared for a couple years, and they sometime release bottles of aged items
Bad things: Service with an attitude (What I have is the best in town and I will rape you cause I can attitude), You pay a premium for their aged beers and and well hell all their beers are a premium. Example $11 for 8oz of dr6 a year after release date on draught. I still have a case if dr6 so bite me, Atmosphere is still that of a bad dive bar, THe live music is so loud there you can hold a conversation unless you go outside
Overall if you can find what you are looking for elsewhere then go. If you are ina pinch and need something and willing to pay a premium for it then come here and bring your KY with you.
01-20-2011 20:10:57 |
More by BgThang
Namaste Brewing / Whip In in Austin, TX
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